Vouching milk production as one of his priorities, Governor Hilario P. Davide III welcomed the participants of the Dairy Investment Forum held at the Capitol Social Hall last October 4.
In his welcome message, Davide reiterated that one of his campaign promises is attending to agriculture, food security, and improving the livelihood in the Agri-business.
However, with the wide gap of local milk production and consumption in the country, Davide said he is only looking at milk produce that is at least good enough for the consumption of growing children in the local communities.
“Di nakinahanglanmo-sobra pa, malipaynakaayokita kun matablalang,” he said.
The governor also called for a minimum waste, self-sustaining, integrated agriculture system like the production of organic fertilizer and bio-fuel processing.
He said the forum, which was organized by the National Dairy Authority (NDA), offered new learning for the participants who are already engaged in the business and that others might be interested in coming in.
Some of the participants also are also representatives of the local government units.
The NDA announced their new Dairy Multiplier Farm (DMF) Program, a program, which engages and encourages “private-public partnership in producing local born dairy stocks to become major sources of affordable quality dairy animals.”
NDA Administrator Grace Cenas said procuring dairy animals abroad costs around P140 thousand.
Under the DMF program, the applicants or those wanting to venture into dairy farming can get the dairy stocks from the existing local dairy farmers.
However, the applicants must comply with the qualification requirements and selection criteria as a dairy multiplier farm partner.
The applicants must submit a formal Letter of Intent to NDA and must pass the technical evaluation of NDA on Viable Dairy Farm Operation such as acceptability and readiness of farm site, minimum animal-to-land area requirement (3 a.u.:1 hectare), among others.
For the payment scheme, the applicants are given three options. The first option is payment in kind by way of two pregnant dairy heifers for every animal distributed in eight years.
Second option is payment in kind by way of one pregnant dairy heifer and one breedable heifer for every animal distributed in five years.
The last option of payment is by way of one pregnant heifer and cash payment equivalent to 50 percent of the book value of animal distributed in five years. (Xerxes Alkuino)